Sunday, April 10, 2011
finalized "Perceval" sketches
These are images of both my finished sketch and then the ink outlines I did based on the sketch for my painting of Perceval. In this scene, Perceval sees a retinue of King Arthur's knights pursuing a thief.
Perceval's mother has intentionally raised her son on a isolated estate in the Welsh mountains. Consequentially, Perceval has no knowledge of anything martial, and as he watches the armored calvary move through the mountains, perceives them as being angels.
The composition was originally going to be orientated horizontally, due to the strong right to left movement. However, I decided to expand the inked drawing upwards to reveal more of the environment in the final painting. I thought it would be important to show more of the surrounding country in order to get a sense of the estate's isolation.
I've realized that there is little need to transfer all the detail of the pencil sketch into the ink drawing. The details and expressive line quality of the finished image will have to be done over with ink and brush or gouache anyway. If I make the ink sketch as detailed as the original drawing, I will end up covering most of that inkwork with paint early on. So I leave the ink drawing relatively simple, and improvise details later. I guess I'll see if it works.